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Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de MontesquieuThe Spirit of Laws (Volume 1) (December 29, 2012)

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LibriVox recording of The Spirit of Laws (Volume 1), by Montesquieu. Read by Benjamin Gittins.
This audiobook covers Volume 1 (Books I to XIX) of "The Spirit of the Laws" (French: De "l'esprit des lois", also sometimes called "The Spirit of Laws"). Spirit of Laws is a treatise on political theory first published anonymously by Charles de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu in 1748 with the help of Claudine Guérin de Tencin. Originally published anonymously partly because Montesquieu's works were subject to censorship, its influence outside of France was aided by its rapid translation into other languages. Montesquieu's political treatise had an enormous influence on the work of many others, most notably: Catherine the Great, who produced Nakaz (Instruction); the Founding Fathers of the United States Constitution; and Alexis de Tocqueville, who applied Montesquieu's methods to a study of American society, in Democracy in America.

In this political treatise Montesquieu pleaded in favor of a constitutional system of government and the separation of powers, the ending of slavery, the preservation of civil liberties and the law, and the idea that political institutions ought to reflect the social and geographical aspects of each community. (Introduction by Wikipedia)

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Artist/Composer: Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu
Date: 2012-12-29
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: Librivox; audiobook; politics; philosophy; montesquieu; political theory; 18th century

Creative Commons license: CC0 1.0 Universal


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01 - The Translator to the Reader 18.4 MB 
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02 - Preface 6.3 MB 
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03 - Advertisement 2.8 MB 
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04 - Book 1. Of Laws in General 14.1 MB 
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05 - Book 2. Of Laws Directly Derived from the Nature of Government 23.7 MB 
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06 - Book 3. Of the Principles of the Three Kinds of Government 20.7 MB 
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07 - Book 4. That the Laws of Education Ought to Be in Relation to the Principles of Government 23.1 MB 
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08 - Book 5a. That the Laws Given by the Legislator Ought to Be in Relation to the Principle of Government 40.4 MB 
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09 - Book 5b. That the Laws Given by the Legislator Ought to Be in Relation to the Principle of Government 32.2 MB 
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10 - Book 6. Consequences of the Principles of Different Governments with respect to the Simplicity of Civil and Criminal Laws, and the Inflicting of Punishments 53.9 MB 
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11 - Book 7. Consequences of the Different Principles of the Three Governments with Respect to Sumptuary Laws, Luxury, and the Condition of Women. 35.6 MB 
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12 - Book 8. Of the Corruption of the Principles of the Three Governments 37.4 MB 
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13 - Book 9. Of Laws in the Relation they Bear to a Defensive Force 15.5 MB 
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14 - Book 10. Of Laws in the Relation they Bear to an Offensive Force 34.3 MB 
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15 - Book 11a. Of the Laws Which Establish Political Liberty With Regard to the Constitution. 36.8 MB 
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16 - Book 11b. Of the Laws Which Establish Political Liberty With Regard to the Constitution 44.2 MB 
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17 - Book 12a. Of the Laws That Form Political Liberty, In Relation to the subject 34.5 MB 
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18 - Book 12b. Of the Laws That Form Political Liberty, In Relation to the subjec 28.1 MB 
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19 - Book 13. Of the Relation which the Levying of Taxes and the Greatness of the Public Revenues Bear to Liberty 35.7 MB 
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20 - Book 14. Of laws in relation to the nature of the climate 34.2 MB 
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21 - Book 15. In What Manner the Laws of Civil Slavery Relate to the Nature of the Climate 43.1 MB 
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22 - Book 16. How the Laws of Domestic Slavery bear a relation to the nature of the climate 31.1 MB 
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23 - Book 17. How the Laws of Political Servitude bear a relation to the nature of the climate. 16.8 MB 
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24 - Book 18. Of Laws in the Relation They Bear to the Nature of the Soil 50.7 MB 
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25 - Book 19. Of Laws in Relation to the Principles Which Form the General Spirit, the Morals, and Customs of a Nation 62.5 MB 
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